Inside Terra’s $2.38 Billion Reserves, What Made The Lineup?
Terra (LUNA) has been aggressive about filling up its reserves with trusted cryptocurrencies to serve as a backup for its stablecoin UST. This has evolved over time to include a number of various cryptocurrencies that now make up its reserves sitting at $2.38 billion. This is still a long way from where the Luna Foundation plans for its reserves to be, making it a work in progress. In this report, we take a look at these reserve currencies and the portion allocated to each one.
Diving Into Terra’s Reserves
As mentioned previously, Terra’s crypto reserves have gone up to as high as $2.38 billion since it first announced it was starting the reserves. Luna Foundation Guard has been putting more money into its Bitcoin reserves, which it plans to get to at least $10 billion in BTC with time. This makes the pioneer cryptocurrency the largest of the holdings in this regard. Although there are other cryptocurrencies that mark the lineup, bringing the total to four.
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Following behind Bitcoin are the ERC-20 tokens which combined make up the second-largest percentage of the reserves at 23.2%. These are both stablecoins USDC and USDT, coming out to a total of $549.80 million of these tokens serving as reserves for USDT.
Additionally, Terra’s native token, Luna, also makes the list of reserves used by the network. It accounts for 7.2% of all reserves with a dollar figure of $172.20 million and a total token balance of 2.25 million Luna tokens.
The foundation recently purchased an additional 123.89 BTC to add to its reserves bringing its total to 42.53K BTC. This put Bitcoin in the large majority at 69.6% of all reserves, coming out to a total dollar value of $1.66 billion.
Last week, it was announced that Terra would add AVAX to its reserves as a way to combat the rising competition. This came as a result of a collaboration between Avalanche Foundation, Terraform Labs, and the Luna Foundation Guard who had said they would be purchasing about $200 million worth of AVAX to add to its reserves.
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Do Kwon, founder of Terra, had explained that the decision to add AVAX to Terra’s reserves had been fueled by the loyalty to the network. However, a look at LFG’s reserves shows that there is no AVAX in sight. This could easily mean that the foundation is yet to add AVAX to its reserves.
However, per the deal with Avalanche Foundation, both the Avalanche Foundation and Terraform Labs currently hold $100 million worth of AVAX each, while the Avalanche Foundation now holds $100 million worth of LUNA and $100 million worth of UST.
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